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When life starts blurring due to worry or grief, rest in the many inspirational and encouraging Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation caring for the elderly parents

The Bible is full of God's encouraging Bible verses to give all of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents and helping with the grandchildren, a "hug" from Him for ourselves and to share with those special seniors and juniors in our lives. Some are especially encouraging during dark moments including those times we may be dealing with such things as severe illness in a family member and the grief that comes from having to help them through that, along with hospice, and finally, with the end stages of their disease.

Last week's comforting Bible verses from Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want…" is one of those special passages. Today is another of the many comforting Scriptures that have held me steady during my darkest days, including the loss of my sweet husband.

But I trusted in Thee, O LORD:

I said, Thou art my God. My times are in Thy hand.

Psalm 31: 14-15a (KJV)

I have clung to these verses so many times over the years, before and since. I can't explain everything that happens – good or bad. I can't fix everything that happens, no matter how hard my sweet little caregiving heart wants to. But I can tell you that we can trust in our awesome God and KNOW that we can trust in Him and that our times are, indeed, in His capable and loving hands.

As Charles Spurgeon once said, "God’s hand never errs; and if our times are in his hand, those times are ordered rightly. We need not puzzle our brains to understand the dispensations of Providence: a much easier and wiser course is open to us; namely, to believe the hand of the Lord works all things for the best."

Encouraging Bible verses like Psalm 31 remind us that there is no better place for the Sandwich Generation than in Gods hands

In more modern times, David Strasser (also known simply as Beaker) wrote the song, O God, You are my God (Step by Step), which has resonated wonderfully in my heart for years. I love the praise and worship songs sung by Rich Mullins and this is one of my favorites. He originally recorded it and later, through the magic of computers, Bebo Norman was able to re-record it as a duet, after Rich Mullins had also gone to heaven.

When I think of Psalm 31:14, I often also think of this song. I'm not sure if he wrote the words based on this Psalm or another verse, but I love the two together and so many times have played it when I needed strength and encouragement. I have to confess, I often have tears streaming down as I listen, but oh, the joy of surrendering to God and telling Him that I will to follow Him STEP BY STEP, when I know that's all I can handle – that one step at a time. That joy is then replicated by the knowledge that, since my times are in His hands, that's all I need to focus on – that one step at a time!

I pray that you, too, will be comforted and encouraged by this verse and by this praise and worship music from Rich Mullins and Bebo Norman in today's Smilebox eCard – just for you.

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As Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 1: 2, "Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ," as you go about your life dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for the elderly parents in your family along with helping with the grandchildren.

For more encouraging Bible verses and sweet hymn songs, enjoy Spiritual Sunday and I Owe It All To Him 🙂

P.S. Two Christian devotional books full of encouraging Bible verses and devotions to encourage you are Ninety Days of God's Goodness by Randy Alcorn and When the Hurt Runs Deep by Kay Arthur. These books are wonderful for all of us and can be a special blessing for those dealing with grief and loss issues.

Saturday is THE BIG DAY of the month – Valentine’s Day. What are you doing for your special senior citizens who don’t live close to you?

In case caregiving duties have kept you busy and you haven’t had a chance to pick out something special, here are a few ideas you can do from home.

1. Smilebox greeting card – www.Smilebox.com – has some fun new designs that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. I made this one just for you, to say HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to you! You could use this particular card or select one of their other cute Valentines. Add photos of the kids and grandkids, and sent it on its way with your love to a variety of elderly relatives.

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2. If you want to add a gift card to your greeting, Amazon has a cute little e-card that can carry your gift of any amount along with your Valentine love. It will arrive in their email box the minute you send it or you can choose a time and date for it to arrive.

3. If music is more your “thing,” Amazon can handle that, as can iTunes. You can send them a song for .99, an album for $5-15, or even a TV show or movie. All from your computer to theirs.

Now the caveat to these is that they require a tech-savvy senior citizen or one who has someone who can help them with these gifts. If your beloved elder doesn’t have that, you’d be better off taking a more old-fashioned route. Pop out to a good book store, pick up a music cd they would enjoy, then hustle over to the post office. There you will find free Express Mail envelopes (which helps make up for the price the package will cost to mail it quickly) and hopefully your gift can get there by Saturday. Most of them are one day, but some require two days.

Another less-tech idea is to call a florist in their town, and order flowers. It won’t be cheap but if you get a cute vase such as a spring teacup, they’ll be able to enjoy it all year long.

Once you’re done, take a deep breath. And know that even if it gets there late, they’ll love it. Especially if you call them on Valentine’s Day to say Hi, and let them know a special surprise is on its way to them.

Ahhh, the joys of blogging. When I first posted this article, I had a problem with it due to what is, apparently, a broken piece of software I was using. Up until then, the software had worked fine, but not anymore. In trying to fix the problem, I inadvertently made a worse problem. Now, when anyone clicks on the link to the original article about the second Boomers & Seniors Blog Carnival, they are sent immediately to my 404 error page! If I just copy this article and paste it in twice, Google will not be happy. I’m sure that if I spent several hours, I might be able to resolve the problem, but that’s not an option for at least two weeks or more 🙂 Soooo, I am trying this.  I’ve moved the article to a new title – http://www.sandwichink.com/boomers-seniors-blog-carnival-take-2 . It’s the post right above this post 🙂 Hopefully it will kind of, sort of, fix it?

The nice thing about all this is that I’ve learned something new and that’s always fun for me. In fact, as much as I love to read and do learn so much from reading, I also learn so much from making mistakes. It’s an important part of growing. I will, therefore, use this moment to encourage you to take chances, make mistakes, and have fun doing it! (Hmmm, I do believe some of my grandkids’ Magic Schoolbus show influenced a little of that! A very enjoyable way to learn science with your grandchildren, I might add.) With that being said, I shall bid you adieu, with the hopes that your day is blessed, your mistakes are all educational, and that this fix fixes it! 🙂

Ahh yes, and don’t forget to take a peek at the article about the Boomers & Seniors blog carnival, and then pop on over and see all the interesting articles over there! http://www.sandwichink.com/boomers-seniors-blog-carnival-take-2

I discovered another item for the checklist:

17. Test drive each shower/bath tub, toilet, sink, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Not just to be sure they are running all right, but also to make sure they run all the way through properly AND all the drains are running well!